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According to statistics, 78 women are forcibly raped every hour in the United States. Just as startling: One out of four college students reported being sexually assaulted sometime during their four years of school. The Franklin Police Department is proud to offer free self-defense training to women who live or work in Williamson County. The training incorporates awareness building, prevention, risk reduction & avoidance, as well as hands-on self-defense training by experienced police officers.
Classes start Monday, and space is still available in this four-day series:
February 4, 6, 11 & 13
All classes meet from 6pm – 9pm:
Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue
The 12-hour program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training. Mothers & daughters are encouraged to attend this free training together.
Helping to provide this training is something that I always look forward to,” said RAD Instructor, Sergeant Amy Butler. “Participants walk away from this experience with a renewed feeling of confidence that they can avoid or overcome an attacker, we just show them how.”
If you live in the Franklin area, your bicycle has been lost or stolen in the last 12 months, and you would like to see if one of the bicycles Franklin Police are storing could be yours, contact Sgt. Aaron Compton at (615) 550-6810.
Unclaimed bicycles will be donated to a local charity on Friday, March 1.
Tonight, many will celebrate the accomplishments of 2018 while waiting in anticipation for the countdown to a new year. Alcohol will be at the center of many New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight. The problem with the drinking many are likely to do is their decision to drive home that follows, and the life-changing moment of impact that can follow one bad decision.
Let’s go back to 1971. The Webbs were on their way home from Roy’s work where they had gone to pick up some peaches. Roy’s wife, Millie, who was seven months pregnant, was craving them. In a moment, their lives were changed when an impaired driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 slammed into them from behind on Murfreesboro Road near I-65. Millie’s neck was broken and she suffered burns over 75% of her body. Roy was severely burned. Their 4-year-old daughter, Lori, and 19-month old nephew, Mitch, were both killed. Little Mitch died six hours after the crash. Lori endured two weeks of treatment for excruciating burns that covered 75% of her body before dying in the hospital. That baby – very awake, and very aware, never got to experience her mother’s touch again before dying a broken little girl. In fact, Lori was buried before Millie was even strong enough to be told that she had died. Millie’s unborn baby, Kara, was born premature and legally blind. Now in her forties, and a mom herself, Kara’s never clearly seen a sunset, a rainbow, or the faces of her own children light up when they score a point at a game.
Millie Webb is not just a former Mothers Against Drunk Driving National President. She’s not just a woman who was instrumental in lowering the legal limit from .10 to .08. She is a friend to the Franklin community, and the matriarch of a ravaged family who helped to start Tennessee’s first Mothers Against Drunk Driving Chapter in 1981. Millie Webb is the mother of a victim. She is the aunt of a victim and wife of a victim. She herself is an unfortunate, life-long victim of the reality of impaired driving.
Fines, bond, attorney fees, and increased insurance premiums are a few of the expenses you can look forward to footing the bill for, if you drink and drive. MSN Money reports that the typical DUI arrest ends up costing about $10k. Today, the average no-frills funeral cost about $8,000. If you get behind the wheel of a car after you’ve been drinking tonight, you may end up with a ride in a police car, or a hearse. Either will cost you, and others – dearly. Don’t believe it could happen to you? Let us introduce you to the Webbs.
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An increased number of Franklin Police Officers begin hitting the streets tonight to help protect you through the New Year’s holiday. Officers are working overtime to focus on impaired, distracted, and dangerous drivers. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is funding that overtime in an effort to help keep motorists in Franklin and throughout Tennessee safe.
Alcohol is sure to be served at many upcoming New Year’s celebrations. If you plan to drink, be sure that a designated driver is part of your plan as well. If you drive impaired – you will be arrested, you will go to jail.
Booze It & Lose It
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Now through January 11, the Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified, P.O.S.T certified applicants for the position of Police Officer. Under limited supervision, Franklin Police Officers patrol assigned zones while exercising responsibility for the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. They control traffic, prevent crime and disturbances of the peace, and arrest violators. While working under often stressful, high-risk conditions, our officers apply good independent judgment when dealing with dangerous or unusual situations, and implement safe practices and procedures.
Education and Experience:
The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.